When my sister and I were little, we would spend summers with our grandparents — hot, fun days filled with movies, games and, of course, reading! One of our favorite excursions was to the Super Crown or WaldenBooks in town, both of which are long gone now. And that’s where I remember picking up this little gem: Megan’s Island by Willo Davis Roberts, first published in 1990.
I grabbed it for obvious reasons — “Megan” is right there across the cover! — but I remember being sincerely freaked out by the story once I really got into it.
Here’s Amazon’s description:
Megan and her brother never thought about their tumbleweed life-style; Mother is on the go, always looking for a better job. But this time their mother packs them up without allowing Megan to tell her best friend. Megan and Sandy are worried; their mother seems frightened and tells them they’ll be “safe” with Grandfather in the lake country of Minnesota. Someone is looking for them, and though Grandfather doesn’t tell them everything, Megan is able to piece together the story. Years before, their father was jailed and Megan’s wealthy paternal grandfather tried to wrest Sandy and Megan from their mother.
A couple of bad guys show up, but they are foiled, leaving Megan and her family to sort out their problems and stop running at last. Appealing setting and engaging subplots add much to this entertaining, if somewhat predictable novel.
So our Megan here is at the heart of a big mystery and eventually takes a pretty active part in solving it all. I remember a lot of chasing scenes — imagery that left me feeling slight out-of-breath myself! I couldn’t tell you the ending to save my life, but I’m feeling (slightly) inspired to track this one down again and see. Anyone else come across this one in their travels?